2001: A Space Odyssey Reviews

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June 28, 2019
Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey is the picture which science-fiction enthusiasts of every age and in every corner of the world have prayed (sometimes forlornly) that the industry might one day give them.
May 21, 2018
The film is a journey through outer space, but it is also a journey through cinematic space. It conjures the future by making you sit through its vision of the future, spending time just being in it.
May 3, 2018
Speculation and ambiguity are fine, but it does rather look as if Kubrick and his co-writer, Arthur C. Clarke, just haven't thought it through.
April 5, 2018
Aa whimsical space operetta, then frantically inflates itself again for a surreal climax in which the imagery is just obscure enough to be annoying, just precise enough to be banal.
April 3, 2016
A small sphere of intellectuals will feel that Kubrick has said something, simply because one expected him to say something. ... Most moviegoers will only wish that Mr. Kubrick would come back down to earth.
February 16, 2016
I shall go and see it again as soon as possible, for one thing is clear. Man has shrunk space, but Kubrick has expanded the cinema.
December 1, 2014
Kubrick's spaceships are perhaps little more than Airfix models, but he makes them majestic, even awesome in the proper sense of the word.
November 28, 2014
Top marks for craftsmanship is an understatement.
November 27, 2014
Kubrick leaves usual considerations behind with his readiness to imagine a post-human future.
November 9, 2014
2001 will emerge from its initial long-run Cinerama engagements and subsequent extended runs as one of MGM's all-time box office hits ...
Top Critic
April 1, 2014
Though it fails as drama, Stanley Kubrick's venture succeeds as dazzling visual art.
April 1, 2014
[2001] might be best described as a factual philosophical speculation, rather than as the drama it sets out as but never develops into: and like all good speculations, it leaves the spectator up in the air with a tantalising vision as food for thought.
December 24, 2013
2001 lingers on the mind like a tall, black riddle: Where are the new bones, the new tools, that will take us higher? Do we even deserve them?
January 14, 2013
Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey is some sort of great film, and an unforgettable endeavor. Technically and imaginatively, what he put into it is staggering.
May 8, 2007
The film's projections of the cold war and antiquated product placements may look quaint now, but the poetry is as hard-edged and full of wonder as ever.
May 8, 2007
It was a freshening attitude then, though its long-term effects haven't been all to the good.
June 24, 2006
For all the essential coldness of Kubrick's vision, it demands attention as superior sci-fi, simply because it's more concerned with ideas than with Boy's Own-style pyrotechnics.
July 20, 2002
It is an extraordinary, obsessive, beautiful work of art.
June 5, 2002
High marks for Kubrick the special-effects man; but where was Kubrick the director?
November 21, 2001
Yup, you guessed it -- a religious experience.
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